The NCOBS Associate Program Director (APD) is a base camp leadership role that supports the NCOBS Program Director (PD) in setting a high standard of excellence in regard to the development, leadership and management of the program and basecamp. The APD course directs open enrollment and group education program courses throughout the mountain season and supports training and development to support the delivery of the mission of the North Carolina Outward Bound School. The long-term vision of the APD role is to progress into the PD role.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding


Wilderness skills and experience appropriate for all courses conducted in the program area.
Experience working Outward Bound or related programs.
Values consistent with the NCOBS mission, values and principles.
Current WFR and CPR and program technical skills specific certifications and training.
Must have a valid driver’s license and pass NCOBS vehicle and trailer test.
Be able to clear all background and motor vehicle screening.

Required Skills:

Able to lift 75 pounds.
Irregular work schedule.
May be asked to be out on course for multiple days.

Preferred Skills:

Experience with community living.
Effective leadership, supervisory, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Strong personal initiative, motivation and resourcefulness.
Business management skills including basic accounting, budget planning and management.
Strong presentation, writing and computer skills.
Cooperative attitude and ability to be flexible.

About North Carolina Outward Bound School

North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is a not-for-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership, and service. A pioneer in experiential and outdoor education, NCOBS helps individuals and teams discover the strength of character and capacity for leadership needed to serve others and care for the world around them.

Application Instructions

At the North Carolina Outward Bound School, we are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community of staff who are committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. In this effort, we strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Applications will be accepted through the NCOBS website at www.ncobs.org/careers/ through December 31st, 2020. Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview.